I had noticed that several of my photographer friends had posted photographs to FineArtAmerica.com for sale. I decided to give it a shot. I passed a milestone on Flickr, with over 23,000 images, so I figured someone might be interested in purchasing a copy. So, my some of my photos can be found for sale at this link.
The service allows you to upload up to 25 images with a free account, and you earn as much as you designate as a mark-up. I have selected some of my favorites, and will rotate in seasonal shots and others. Here’s a slideshow of the ones I have available…
Visitors can purchase prints, framed prints, acrylic prints, and metal prints. Prices depend on the size of the print purchased and the framing options, paper, etc. A small art print from my gallery starts at $22 and goes up. Just for kicks I did a couple of them with the most expensive options, and the prices can start to run close to $300 for a large print with all the bells and whistles. You can even order iPhone cases. I just ordered this one for my own iPhone 5:
As far as I can tell, there aren’t any catches. The biggest problem I see is supply and demand – there are LOTS of great photographers out there, and having someone stumble on my work is about as likely as me winning the lottery. I guess I could start hawking my photographs, but I never really intended to turn “pro.” I just do this as a hobby, and I don’t want to clutter up Facebook, this blog, and any other social media with constant begging to buy my stuff. Apart from a couple of permanent links in key places, this is the only announcement I intend to make.
The main reason I wanted to do this was to protect some of my favorite photos. I’m tired of people stealing stuff, so I thought if I offered some of it through a legitimate vendor, I at least might feel better (even though I know it doesn’t stop theft.) We’ll see what happens. It could be that the iPhone case I ordered is my only sale. I’m hoping I don’t become my own best customer.
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I am sorry you have had this problem. Fine Art America doesn’t check anything to see if it is someone else s photos and most of the time when they do they don’t do anything about it. Also they have been requested by an man’s family that died to take his images off their servers and keep the search engines from picking them up. Since the request was made and the man passed away more and more of his images are popping up in full resolution for the picking. If you want to know more about what is happening there as far as art theft and the ins and outs . Read my blog
Let me know what you think. thanks